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TCEQ hosts public meeting on water quality in the Trinity River

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - Plans to be discussed for the Lower West Fork
ContactAndrea Morrow
Phone512-239-5011
Pager512-896-3727

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will hold a meeting to solicit public comment on plans to address impairment to the Lower West Fork of the Trinity River watershed. Thirteen water quality plans, known as Total Maximum Daily Loads, covering segments in Tarrant and Dallas counties will be presented for discussion.

The meeting will be held on June 19, 2013 at 6:30 p.m., in the William J. Pitstick Executive Board Room at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (Centerpoint II building) offices located at 616 Six Flags Drive, Arlington, Texas 76011

The state of Texas requires that the water quality in the Lower West Fork Trinity River watershed be suitable for swimming, wading, fishing, and a healthy aquatic ecosystem.  Water quality testing has determined that bacteria levels are sometimes higher than the current standard established to assure safe contact recreation. 

More information can be found on the TCEQ’s website

This meeting provides the public an opportunity to comment on each of the nine major components of the draft TMDLs:  problem definition, endpoint identification, source analysis, seasonal variation, linkage between sources and receiving waters, margin of safety, pollutant loading allocation, public participation, and implementation and reasonable assurance.

After the public comment period, the TCEQ may revise the TMDLs in response, if appropriate before being considered by the commission for adoption. Once adopted, the final TMDLs and a response to all comments will be made available on the TCEQ website. They will then be submitted to EPA Region 6 for approval and certified as an update to the State of Texas Water Quality Management Plan.